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Does it Really Matter What the FDA Says at This Point?

23 Feb

My brother sent me an interesting article about a drug called Qnexa that is about to come on the market.   The company that makes it, Vivus Inc, claims that Qnexa, which combines the appetite suppressant phentermine and anti-seizure drug topiramate, helped patients lose at least 10 percent of their weight after a year of treatment.

You can read the rest of the article here: U.S. Advisers Back Experimental Obesity Pill

So here is what I have to say about this…..

If you read the article, it is basically discussing the fact that this drug has already been rejected by the FDA two years ago, but a panel of outside experts called the “US health advisors” (whoever these people are and represent) recommend approving the drug despite the many potential side effects such as heart attacks and birth defects, because there are just too many obese people and something needs to be done about it.

So, if the FDA does what it is usually does and follows the recommendations of this panel – the “US Health Advisors” (whoever these people are and represent)…this drug will be available sometime in April.

Who cares what the FDA approves and what they don’t approve anymore?  They have approved drugs that have killed many people and will continue to approve many, many more dangerous drugs…..why not approve a drug like this one?

What difference does it make?

Slap a label on the bottle listing all the possible side effects (like death) and leave it up to those who decide that it is worth the risk.

At some point, we, Americans, have to take responsibility for ourselves and our own lives and forget about what the FDA “approves” of and what they don’t “approve” of.

In my opinion, the FDA is just another federal agency that gets millions (maybe even billions) of dollars “budgeted” to them and who really knows where that money is being spent.

Based on the little that I know about the government, I would bet the majority of that money conveniently trickles  down to those on the FDA committee that know exactly which drugs to “approve” and which ones they shouldn’t “approve”…….if you know what I mean.

By the way, there was some mention in this article about how the Vivus Inc.’s stock has recently doubled (along with some other drug companies)…….

Yeah, I get it……once that drug goes on the market everybody and their dog is going to want to get hold of a prescription – despite the dangerous side effects…..

But, aren’t you tired of listening to the government claim to “try” and save people from themselves?

I’ll give you a way to save people from themselves……

Stop making it so hard to make a living.

How ’bout that idea?

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9 responses to “Does it Really Matter What the FDA Says at This Point?

  1. troy

    February 23, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    I have to agree, it seems to be about the money more often than not when it comes to pharmaceuticals and government. And it is big money. I posted a while back about how a test showed that a placebo was almost as effective as the drug itself (http://itroy.wordpress.com/2010/10/29/weight-loss/) …and I doubt that much has changed since then. Sadly.

     
    • Peaceful Controversy

      February 23, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      Yeah…part of my attitude is based on the placebo effect. And, yes, it is sad because if only knew how much power that our minds have – without the use of any enhancement – we would easily be able to close Pfizer down.

       
      • Matt Rose (@MattTheRose)

        February 25, 2012 at 5:09 am

        Let’s get real, the truth about passing any drug or any big money maker is perception. Making people believe that something is effective is almost, if not, more powerful that it actually doing what they proclaim. The relationship between big business and government needs to end for all our sake.

         
      • Peaceful Controversy

        February 25, 2012 at 11:50 pm

        From your mouth to G-d’s ears….but, unfortunately, the sad truth is that we are our own worst enemies…because what you have said is true….passing any drug or any big money maker is perception. It is up to us to realize that we are being lied to and manipulated and strike out (not violently, but peacefully and intelligently) against this bull…oney.

         
  2. Cheryl Baumgartner

    February 24, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    For those who do not know (and I guarantee the FDA and the others involved will not tell you) phentermine was one of the active ingredients in FenPhen. The FDA approved FenPhen and yet many women died from taking it and many more developed devastating a heart condition.

    There is one more thing that we should also note, The Law firm of James Sokolove has also made a killing off of FenPhen along with the manufacturer of the drug. The Legal system is getting rich with mass tort cases sparked by drugs approved by The FDA and then later recalled. Between 1980 and 2007 over 30 drugs were recalled by the FDA and some of them were barely on the market a year before recalled. http://consumerjusticegroup.com/drug-recalls/recalltimeline.

    The role of The FDA’s approval process should be to protect the public from bad drugs and that is what most people assume. However the track record proves this wrong, The FDA approves most drugs within 10 months, There is no way anyone can know the long term effects of a drug in under a year.

     
    • Peaceful Controversy

      February 24, 2012 at 9:27 pm

      The legal system is whole other issue…..need to blog about that one!

       
  3. Cheryl Baumgartner

    February 24, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Reblogged this on Just Stuff that interests me and commented:
    I am not a very big fan of The FDA whose only function seems to be generating huge profits for Big Pharma and Mass Tort lawyers. This particular drug contains one of the main ingredients of FenPhen and we all know how that fiasco turned out. Take the time to also visit this link to gain an understanding of how we are put at risk by the relationship between the FDA and Big Pharma http://www.consumerjusticegroup.com/drugrecall/fdarecall2.html

     
  4. Matt Rose (@MattTheRose)

    February 25, 2012 at 5:07 am

    This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. And of course, it is yet another example of how corporate pharmaceutical companies are going to buy their way through American legislation in order to rake in those dollars. “Something needs to be done about the obesity rate”…..yea…. not eating as much and exercising everyday. Saying that this drug needs to be passed in order to “save” the American population really means “We know everyone will buy this and fill our pockets with unprecedented revenue”.

    If this gets passed I have no faith left in government, especially with what’s been going on with bank bailouts etc.

     
    • Peaceful Controversy

      February 25, 2012 at 11:47 pm

      You need it to get passed before you have no faith in the government? 🙂
      Peace!!

       

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